When I started blogging in 2009, my excitement over having a space of my own to voice my opinion kept me motivated to write. My writing may not have been very good, but I wrote. As time went on I realized it becomes harder and harder to consistently come up with creative and unique blogging ideas.

When I was a new blogger, I wasn’t writing for an audience, so anything I wrote was auto-published. Now that I have people who visit my blog, it is important for me to write things that interest them, things that inspire them to click the share button and tell their friends, but still hold personal importance.

I want to inspire my readers to come back and visit me again.

If you’re a blogger, I’m sure you can relate.

How to Come Up With Unique Blogging Ideas

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Tricks that will work for you, too.

Get outside. No, really. A wise blogger once said stewing over finding the perfect writing topic would get me nowhere. She was right. Sitting around and waiting for an idea to hit me never worked, but going out and living my life almost always inspires something within me. Creativity doesn’t come from staring at your office wall, it comes from living and taking in everything around you.

Write down your thoughts…on paper. It is almost like clockwork that I’ll be laying in bed and an idea for a blog post will pop up in my head. Because of this I keep a post-it pack and pen on my nightstand, and jot down any idea that crosses my mind. This way, even if I later think it is a bad idea, I can continue thinking from a specific starting point. It also helps me not stress about forgetting it when I actually write it down.  I’d like to share with you why I think this happens. When I’m laying in bed I’m not distracted by anything. This provides my mind time to process the events of the day, and that is almost always when inspiration hits. Having that quiet time is great for thinking, and you must think clearly to create lasting content.

Revisit an old post. Sometimes the best way to get over writers block is to revisit an old post you wrote, and write an update. Not only does this provide a link back to your original post, it will get your creativeness flowing. Not only will you be able to see where your thoughts and opinions have changed, but whatever topic it is might spark an idea to start your next post.

Write a list of 10 things you’re good at. Once you have your list, you now have ten posts. Write a how-to article or something similar. Not only does this highlight your strengths, it gives you an authority in the field and invites commentators. Naturally, it is always easier to write about something you know a lot about so this should be a piece of cake.

Lastly: stop doubting yourself. This is one of the biggest hurdles I’ve had to overcome while blogging. Taking a month to pick apart every word in a nearly perfect blog post led to never publishing anything. Don’t worry about your work being criticized unfairly. Unless you are always writing about extremely controversial topics, a read through or two to catch typos and double check readability and you’ll be good to go. Chances are there is someone out there who will love the words you put down.

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and get inspired!

How do you get inspired to write?

22 comments on “How to: Come Up With Unique Blogging Ideas”

  1. These are really great ideas. I think I get inspired to write at odd times when I am out with my kids. You never know when a great topic will just pop into your head.

  2. I like the idea of writing things down. I need to do this more often because I will tell my husband that I had a great idea and then completely forget later.

  3. Great post, Nina and a great idea for a post! The best advice for anyone with writer’s block (or is that blogger’s block?), is to change things up. Whether that’s heading outside or writing on a piece of paper, it’s all good!

  4. I get inspiration from my family. I write about kids, recipes, and travel, so a lot of my ideas come from what the kids are doing or what I’m feeding them.

  5. Writing down ideas is really such a great idea. I have ideas and think “I should blog that” and then life happens and I forget the idea but if I took note of the idea then I would go back and complete it!

  6. These are great tips and I especially love the one about getting outside. It’s so much easier to find ideas when you’re actually outside living life versus the hours I waste trying to think of something in front of the computer!

  7. These are great ideas. I’ve been doing this for ten years and every so often, I still find myself either just plain stuck, or with a really bad case of writer’s block. Self-doubt is one of the biggest hurdles any writer/blogger has to overcome at times before it becomes an even bigger obstacle than it already is – that’s probably my biggest problem area when I’m stuck.

  8. Lots of great ideas! I’m big on getting outside, at least twice a day and so grateful I have a good excuse since I have a dog. I LOVE writing on paper. I organize my thoughts differently that way. I also love reading paper books so I can highlight and take notes… I’m pretty new at this but I can already see the wisdom of revisiting old posts.. thanks for all the pointers 🙂

  9. Totally agree, many hours staring at the office wall … results Nada
    What does work?
    I’ll revisit one of my old posts
    and
    watching what adverts come up on the telly !!

    these 2 seem to give me new ideas and it never seems to take too long after that to give it format and substance…. trouble is I never get to see part 2 of my tv programme

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